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By Barbara Kowalzig

Singing for the Gods develops a brand new technique in the direction of an outdated query within the examine of faith - the connection of fantasy and formality. targeting historical Greek faith, Barbara Kowalzig exploits the joint incidence of fantasy and formality in archaic and classical Greek song-culture. She exhibits how choral performances of fantasy and formality, happening all around the old Greek global within the early 5th century BC, support to influence social and political switch of their personal time. spiritual music emerges as quintessential to a speedily altering society soaring among neighborhood, local, and panhellenic identities and among aristocratic rule and democracy. Drawing on modern debates on fable, ritual, and function in social anthropology, glossy historical past, and theatre stories, this ebook establishes Greek religion's dynamic position and offers non secular song-culture its deserved position within the examine of Greek history.

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